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Paul Soter, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme , Kevin Heffernan,
||Only if you want
them to become beer drinking womanizers.
||Only if she is a
beer drinking womanizer.
||Lots of gratuitous
nudity and a bizarre sex scene.
||Quite a few.
||The destruction of
Oktoberfest scene, especially since it led to lots of tops
getting torn off.
||Bill Gerber, Richard Perello, Jay Chandrasekhar
So there it was, 10:15 in the AM on Saturday, and I was
this close to having a private screening of the latest film
from the Broken Lizard boys, "Beerfest." Then two more
people came in for the 10:20 showing. From their chuckles
and my chuckles, I think the three of us had an okay time at
the movies. First the "Beerfest" storyÖ
A Movie Review
Todd (Erik Stolhanske) and Jan (Paul Soter) Wolfhouse are
brothers. With the passing of their grandfather, they are
given the task of taking his ashes back to Germany to the
family resting place, and it has to be done during
Oktoberfest. They are supposed to meet a man there who would
take them to the location to spread the ashes, but they seem
confused when the man leads them down a dark alley, and they
find themselves at Beerfest, an underground competition of
all things beer. While there they discover some family
secrets, none too good it seems, and get humiliated at their
renewed taste of beer competition. But back in the United
States, they make a pact to return one year later and
restore the familyís good name.
What to do? They have to assemble a beer-drinking team,
and enlist folks they have known from their beer drinking
primes. And so we get Landfill (Kevin Heffernan), the beer
chugger; Fink (Steve Lemme), the science guy; and Barry (Jay
Chandrasekhar), the king of the beer drinking games. And so
our quintet of beer men begin their training, drinking mass
quantities of beer, perfecting their beer drinking game
skills, and finding out that Todd and Janís grandfather did
steal the recipe for the worldís best beer (which they in
turn begin serving at the restaurant), and that their
grandmother is a whore.
Eventually tragedy strikes our team, but donít worry,
there are ways to get the team back together, and it is back
to Germany where we are treated to competitions like
"Mexican," "The Long Pour," "Speed Quarters," "Beer Pong,"
and my personal favorite, "Thumper." Eventually our heroes
face their German adversaries in the finals, and maybe get
the family name back in the good graces of the German
The movie is silly fun, but that is exactly what you
would probably expect from the
"Super Troopers'" people, and
come on, itís a movie about a fictitious beer tournament
that probably isnít all that fictitious on college campuses
everywhere, or at least wonít be fictitious anymore. The
acting isnít all that great, but do you really need great
acting where most of the characters are supposed to be drunk
most of the time? And you get the other things you might
expect, like blatant nudity for no other reason than to just
have it; a whacky sex scene; five dudes riding home on a
tandem bicycle; bad German accents; good German accents; and
a cameo by Willy Nelson.
In the end "Beerfest" wasnít the greatest of films, but
thatís okay. As I was telling The Dude on the Left about it,
I pretty much explained that it wasnít as good as "Super
Troopers," but not as bad as "Club Dread," so Iím giving "Beerfest"
2 Ĺ stars out of 5. You will get pretty much everything you
expect by seeing this movie, I can easily see myself getting
sucked into this movie anytime it is on cable.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!